As I always do when I hit a speed bump in this journey, whether it be big or small, first I call my mom then I call or text Daphne and/or Nicole - two women I have shared with you on multiple occasions! Both of these ladies have lost over 100lbs. Both of them are employees of Weight Watchers. Both of them have reached their goal weights. and BOTH of them have STRUGGLED and continue to have moments where they struggle. Both of them have hit many speed bumps and that is the exact reason why when I hit a bump in the road, they are my favorite people to talk to.
The point of this blog is to tell you that this is REAL. Those are the words that come from Daphne's mouth every time I call her. "This is REAL". This is not a reality show. This isn't a fiction book. This is real life. Real people with real jobs, kids, significant others, homes, school, etc....LOSING WEIGHT and getting HEALTHY. We are not contestants on the Biggest Loser with someone telling us when to eat, what to eat, and when and how much exercise to do. We are fitting those things into our own every day lives and competing for one thing: OUR HEALTH.
All of us on this journey, whether we have 15lbs to lose or 100lbs to lose, we all face the same struggles. Just because Daphne, Nicole, myself, and so many others have lost a significant amount of weight, doesn't mean that we don't face the same struggles as those of you just starting out on your journey. Just because we lost weight doesn't mean that our struggles with food have miraculously disappeared. We have just learned to deal with those struggles, faced the battles head on, and learned that even if we lose one battle, we are winning the WAR.
You know the Jennifer Hudson commercial "I am you...and you are me" ? Well picture me in her shoes singing that song to you right now. We are all in this together!! We all have busy lives, we all love food, we all have lessons to learn along this journey, we all have one goal in mind and that is to reach our overall health potential! You're not in it alone! We need to continue to support one another because that is the ONLY way we will succeed long term.
Daphne and Nicole as well as many others have become my very close friends throughout this journey and I have yet to meet them in person (although I will be on SUNDAY!!). I hold them very near to my heart not because they have lost weight and I want to be like them, although they have both been huge inspirations to me, but because they are real life women doing the same thing I'm doing willing to share their journey to help others. I pray to God that they will both remain my life long friends.